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Team

MACIEK SADOWSKI

Co-founder/President of the Board

Manager in innovative ICT projects in early and mature stage of development. Seed and startup investment manager. Member of the Committee on New Technologies and Innovations to the Polish Chamber of Commerce. Member of the National Development Council to the President of the Republic of Poland.

Maciek holds two MA Degrees of the University of Warsaw (Philosophy, Political Sciences/European Studies). Scholar exhibitioner at the Universität Salzburg. Academic teacher at the University of Warsaw (Department of Journalism and Political Sciences; Department of Philosophy and Sociology), where he lectured logics, analytical philosophy, Eastern-Europe regional policy.

PIOTR PIETRZAK

Member of the board

Piotr is an investment professional with proven experience in VC, PE and M&A environment: executive officer at seed capital funds, with robust skills in management and investments evaluation, combined with developed communication skills.

He has an in-depth understanding of several sectors (e.g. pharmaceuticals & biotech, Internet Communication Tech,  real estate, retail & distribution, financial services). He graduated from Warsaw School of Economics (master degree). Within SHP Group Piotr holds the possition of the investment vehicule Board Member since 05.2015.

OLGA MAJCHRAK

Partner, Eastern Markets

Partner in StartVenture@Poland responsible for building relationship with Eastern Markets. Member of the Board in StartUp Hub Poland Foundation. Lawyer with 2 years of experience in a business angel network as a head of regional department, responsible for providing an advice to startups in financing innovative projects by VC funds and private investors. In 2011-2013 editor in chief of Investment Tribune – quarterly magazine, covering the topics of venture capital investments and high-tech companies development. Being a citizen of Poland and the Republic of Belarus Olga has an access to both Polish and Belarusian network of entrepreneurs and high-skilled specialists.

ALEKSANDER MOKRECKI

Business Analyst

Aleksander is responsible for digging deeply into business model of every innovative project. Graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics in Management and International Relations, he gained his business experience as entrepreneur running number of innovative projects, and also as an employee of international auditing company Ernst&Young. He built his experience in business investments working as a financial analyst in Black Lion. Aleksander was born in Ukraine and he penetrates Polish as well as Ukrainian network of entrepreneurs. He speaks Polish, Ukrainian, Russian and English. In his free time Aleksander travels to interesting places, enjoys hiking in the mountains and reads a lot.

NOEMI MALSKA

Business analyst/Communication

Noemi is a global connector & business developer with strategic mindset. She has ease in reaching people and information thus providing added value both for the fund and for portfolio companies. She gathered experience in international business during her contract in The Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce (Tel Aviv). Noemi is responsible for business due dilligence and building operational plans of prospective investment projects, conducting investment process as wel as supervising and advising companies from SVP investment portfolio.
Noemi graduated from University of Technology & European Academy of Diplomacy. In business she follows win-to-win strategy.

KAROLINA SOCHACKA

PR & Comunication Coordinator

Karolina graduated Warsaw School of Economics, Entrepreneurship Management faculty and continues her master studies on Kozminski University, Management in Virtual Environment faculty. Currently working as a PR and communication coordinator in Startup Hub Poland and simultaneously developing creative agency for startups under SHP brand. She is responsible for many projects execution i.a. Warsaw Startup Kit or Hackaton Bridge 2.0. Karolina has great experience in a field of branding and online communication. Interested in the fields like coaching, interpersonal & online communication and soft skills development. Active in startup environment. Has broad knowledge about startup events and wide network in Poland and CEE countries. Addicted adrenaline seeker- ​practising freestyle kitesurfing & downhill skateboard​ing has built her strong personality

ALEKSANDRA WILK
ADMIR BERBIU

Business Analyst

Admir’s vision is focused on connection between technology, innovation and business. He has a great passion for business and believes that with confidence and ambition, one can accomplish anything. A young engineer who can answer all your questions and needs, starting from Automation, IOT, AI, Web development, Telecommunication and much more beyond those. His goal is to reach the impossible, as challenging as it might seem. His responsibility in SHP is to analyze the technology and business model in innovative projects. Founder & co-Founder in various startups in IT & entertainment. Admir was born in Albania and has healthy connections with the Albanian & Balkan network of entrepreneurs. Currently, he is working towards a MSc in Electronic Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology. He has a keen interest in science, entrepreneurship, innovation, and startups. He likes swimming, exploring nature, and interacting with new cultures. Admir is always eager to experience, learn and discover more.

YAROSLAV KREMPOVYCH

Business Analyst

MSc in strategic management from Kozminski International Business School and Bradford University’s School of Management. As well, he took exchange semester focused on «Entrepreneurship and Innovations» in SKEMA International Business School located in technological park of Sophia Antipolice, France. Core areas of interest for him is emerging business models, startups, AI, disruptive technologies, space travels and equity crowdfunding which was also topic of his master thesis. Ukrainian born in Lviv, lived, studied and worked in Warsaw, London and Nice, always hungry for traveling and new experiences.

Experts and advisors

MAREK BORZESTOWSKI

President of Supervisory Board/ Co-founder

Startup Hub Poland was his idea. Entrepreneur, manager and founder of numerous Internet companies with over 15 years of experience as a co-owner and board member in leading Polish web-, IT-, and e-commerce companies: Wirtualna Polska, InteliWISE, Gruper, Centrum Nowych Technologii. Being a managing partner in GPV Marek is responsible for new-technology investments, development and mentoring (Nano Velos, Audioteka, Vivid Games). Founder of the first Polish Think Tank, The Sobieski Institute. Graduated at the Gdańsk University of Technology, Marek also studied at the Swansea University (UK). He conducted research at Kernforschungszentrum in Karlsruhe, Germany. Fan of sailing and space-travels. Interested in artificial intelligence.

ZYGMUNT GRAJKOWSKI

Co-founder

Zygmunt has 25 years of experience in corporate finance and new technology investments. In 1996- 2002 he was a partner in Enterprise Investors – a company managing the largest VC/PE funds in Central Europe. Previously, he was a director of the M&A department in Price Waterhouse Poland. Since 2003 as part of his company Value Based Management Consulting he has completed a few dozen of capital and strategic consulting transactions in Poland and Central Europe. Zygmunt graduated from the Faculty of Electronics at Wrocław University of Technology and holds a postgraduate diploma in Capital Investments and Financial Management from the Wrocław University of Economics. He helped dozens of startups not only launch successfully, but also to find best final investor on the global scale.

ROBERT DZIUBŁOWSKI

Co-founder

Entrepreneur and investor in number of high-tech start-up companies. Robert has over 20 years of experience in investment consulting (USA, Russia, Poland, Vietnam, Ukraine) In the early 1990 (nineties) was one of the first Polish stock brokers and investment consultants on Wall Street in New York. Worked as consultant and advisor to many multinational companies investing in Poland. Graduated from Warsaw University and University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Founder of Mibiltek, President of supervisory boards in numerous of companies, head of Top-Consulting – leading polish consulting team for start-ups.

MAREK TROJANOWICZ

Co-founder

Marek is an ICT technological manager and entrepreneur. TIME magazine called him one of the pioneers of e-learning in Poland. Graduated in computer science at Gdańsk University of Technology – specialized in Artificial Intelligence. He was a head of the internet services department of Wirtualna Polska. He was President of the Management Board of Optimus Nexus, specializing in the production of original encyclopedias and multimedia programs. Promoter, mentor and jury-member of number of Polish and international start-up summits. CTO in InteliWISE and founder of augmented reality service CTAdventure.com. The reason why many important start-up contests invite him to the jury is that he executed numerous projects himself.

WOJCIECH OLSZENKA

Member of Supervisory Board

Wojciech is a business analysis advisor to Startup Hub Poland. Partner and investment manager in Giza Polish Ventures. He has over 10 years of experience in strategic consulting, mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the new technology area. He specializes in business analyses of technology companies, including identification of key intellectual assets. He has worked for 6 years at VBM Consulting as a market and business analyst, providing pre-acquisition due diligence, preparing long-term strategies for numerous companies and consulting in Intellectual Capital due diligence. Since 2003 he has been involved in over 70 transactions in Poland and the CEE region. His competences to create long-term development strategy and to design sales management system are precious for every start-up board preparing to launch.

ALEKSANDRA PRZEGALIŃSKA

PhD in philosophy of artificial intelligence, assistant Professor at Kozminski University, recent visiting scholar at The New School for Social Research/ Brown University in New York City (2014). In 2011 Aleksandra worked as the Chairman of Audiovisual Working Party at the Council of European Union in Brussels and as an international representative of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. As a William J. Fulbright Scholar Aleksandra also majored in Sociology at The New School for Social Research in New York (2012), where she participated in research on identity in virtual reality, with particular emphasis on Second Life. Aleksandra’s primary research interest include consequences of introducing artificial intelligence systems to people’s social and professional sphere.

DARIUSZ JEMIELNIAK

Ph.D.and a full professor of management at Kozminski University. He was a visiting scholar at Cornell University (2004-2005), Harvard University (2007, 2011-2012), and University of California Berkeley (2008). He is an elected member of the Young Scholars’ Academy at Polish Academy of Sciences. He recently published “Common Knowledge? An Ethnography of Wikipedia” (2014, Stanford University Press). He has served as the chairman of the Funds Dissemination Committee at Wikimedia Foundation for three terms and is a heavily engaged Wikipedian. He has created a number of startups, including ling.pl, the largest Polish online dictionary.

KATHERINA DEGTYAR

Kathia is the current Director of the Startup Grind Kiev. Organizer of Startup Weekend and MDDAY, is a member of the Organizing Committee of iForum. She has graduated from Sabanci MBA School of Management in Istanbul. Networker and investment analyst in WannaBiz. Katerina deals there with investment analysis of projects, portfolio mentoring and business planing. 10 years mastered in Yoga.

VADIM T. ROGOVSKIY

Expert in the fields of marketing, client-focus of business, project management. CEO at WannaBiz leading business incubator from Ukraine, founder of internet marketing agency Face2face Media. Vadim has been involved in digital advertising and e-commerce projects as a mentor. He has wide experienve of dealing with startups. Interested in innovative, scalable startups (special focus: ICT) aimed for the global market.

MARCIN LANGOWSKI

Startup Stage Advisor. Over decade as an executive manager working for Grupa Onet – the leading online business in Poland and part of Ringier Axel Springer Media Company, he has been in charge of online strategy and executions regarding Onet’s products portfolio. Fields of Expertise: Product Management & Product Innovation Product Monetization (i.a. fully responsible for the masive – mostly based on subscription – multimillion-euro dating business) Partnerships (including international deals) Management of Multi-functional teams and directing them for success. He likes challenges in business as well as privately through a range of sports from skiing, running, squash and basketball. Looking for projects and ideas which can break new grounds.

JOLANTA KOSZELEW

SHP expert in IT projects commercialization. One of the few authorized technology broker in Poland. assistant professor in the Faculty of Computer Science at the Bialystok University of Technology in Jolanta holds PhD in Computer Science. Her scientific interests focus on Operational Research -optimization techniques applied to network routing problems such as Travelling Salesman Problem, Selective Travelling Salesman Problem (Orienteering Problem), Vehicle Routing Problem and Delivery or Convoy Scheduling Problem. Former head of Białystok Science and Technology Park. Participant of Top500Innovators. There are only a few persons like Jolanta in Poland, who personally explored so many different scientific projects aiming at commercialization.

PAUL BRAGIEL

Graduated from University of Illinois. Co-founder and managing partner of i/o Ventures – a seed fund and startup accelerator with a funky workspace+cafe in San Francisco. Previously he co-founded Lefora, a product bringing forums into the 21st century, Meetro, the first location based social network. Founder of Paragon Five, a game development studio specializing in console and mobile with offices in Chicago and Krakow, Poland. Mentors include founders of companies such as Bittorrent, MyspacePaypalTrulia, WordPress, YelpYoutube, & Zynga. Constantly in travel, but when in Poland, SHP applicants may benefit from his start-up wisdom and approach.

TOMASZ CIACH

Nanotechnology expert. Professor at the Faculty of Chemical and Processing Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, head of the Biotechnology and Bioprocessing Division. Author of 12 granted patents and over 50 publications. Founder of BioMedLab research group, consultant in numerous companies (AstraZeneca, Procter and Gamble, Reckit, Adamed, Balton, Galmed). Successfully commercialized his nano-delivery-system within NanoVelos. Co-author of two technologies that are already in production stage: biodegradable drug eluting coating for coronary stents and biocompatible, low friction and anti-infection coating for urological catheters. He gives rare, but already brilliant example of how brave ideas become socially and financially valuable.

CLAUDIO LIMACHER

Claudio has over 8 years experience as management consultant. He has led a number of projects in the areas of organizational performance improvement, restructuring, cultural change and leadership process design and implementation across Europe, North America and the Middle East. He has worked on projects in a broad variety of industries including engineering projects, chemicals, textiles, financial services, logistics and specialized materials. Claudio graduated from the University of St. Gallen with a M.A. in Information, Media and Technology Management as well as from ESADE, Barcelona with a M.Sc. in International Management.
Claudio has an entrepreneurial mindset, having started his first company in the age of 18 years. In his free time, he enjoys the mountains of his native Switzerland and is an enthusiastic skier.

SHMUEL CHAFETS

Partner at Hasso Plattner Ventures in Berlin. Venture Partner at Giza Polish Ventures. His extraordinary network capabilities comes from numerous of local and international partnerships he built, fundraising, developing investment infrastructure. As a VC investor he is focused on consumer-facing companies. Previously he served as the advisor to the Israeli Interior Deputy Minister, the member of finance and investment committees in Rabinovich Foundation, Vice President at EBP, Development Manager and Consultant at GCS Issue Management Israel. He has consulted numerous cases (i.e. Intel, Cisco, Microsoft, The Jewish Agency, Israeli Cellular Forum, Israeli Airport Authority. This level of proficiency is a priceless support for every starting entrepreneur.

ANDRZEJ LUBOWSKI

Economist and journalist based in California and frequently travelling globally – to Europe particularly. He holds MA from Warsaw School of Economics in Poland, as well as from the Journalism Department at Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from University of California at Berkeley. An advisor to many companies and government agencies in the U.S. and Europe. In Autumn 2007 Bertlesmann published Andrzej Lubowski new book “Kontuzjowane Mocarstwo” (Bruised Power). Previously a Vice President for global strategy at Citibank and later at Visa.

KRZYSZTOF CHURSKI

Expert in biotechnology

Krzysztof holds the PhD in Physical Chemistry at Polish Academy of Sciences and the MSc. in the microfluidic devices (Lab-on-a-chip, testing enzymatic reactions) of Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering – Centre for Biotechnology. Former consultant of Scope Fluidics Sp. z o. o. A principal investigator at number of domestic and international research projects who has conducted 7 patent applications. The laureate of four scientific scholarships and ten awards. His field of interest contains also industrial biotechnology bioprocess engineering and fluid mechanics. In 2013 participant in Top500Innovators (UC Berkeley), from where he brought first hand experiences in bio-tech start-up’s commercialization.

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